Migrating everything from PC to new Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rudy26, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. rudy26 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    I have an old Windows XP machine, connected to an external hard drive via eSATA. Everything I need is on that external hard drive. I'm about to buy a new Mac mini, but I was wondering the easiest and fastest way to transfer everything from the eSATA to the new Mini hard drive?
  2. jeffsaha macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
    If it's just data and your eSATA enclosure has USB connections also, you could just hook it up and pull data over as the mac should be able to read NTFS and FAT/FAT32 partitions (from what I recall) but just not write to it. If not you could just setup file sharing in Windows and drag the data over. I did this from a Windows 7 machine so I could consolidate all my media from my devices onto one large external hooked up to the Mini.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Migration Assistant will do what you want.
  4. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    David Pogue's Missing Manual for Switchers: Mountain Lion covers moving data and a whole lot more including just about everything you need to learn about using the Mac OS. Save yourself a lot of time and hassle; you can get the Kindle edition in about a minute and read it on your Mac while using your new computer. All you need is the free Mac Kindle app.

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